When parents or kids are looking for some good clean fun, nothing’s a safer bet than a Disney movie. Made for kids, parents, or the whole family, everyone knows that some jokes or references are aimed squarely at an adult crowd. But take a closer look, and you’ll be shocked at how many dirty jokes snuck by you the first time.
Here are Screen Rant’s 10 Hidden Adult Jokes in Popular Disney Films.
Having a rat running around in your pants leads to plenty of adult humor on its own, but when the stars of Ratatouille are interrupted during a secret meeting inside a vegetable cooler, they have to scramble for an excuse. The chef’s reply – that “one can get too familiar with vegatables…” – is too subtle for kids to catch, but think about it for even a second, and it’s clear this joke is implying something that no kids movie could even come close to commenting on.
The son of Zeus and his journey from zero to hero is based on the Greek myth, but it’s not the only classical story alluded to. There’s no question Hercules has some family drama to deal with, but one character makes his problems seem like child’s play: Oedipus, who has Herc exclaiming that he thought he had issues to deal with. Since the play he’s referring to follows a young king who marries his own mother, and has four children with her, it’s a joke we’re glad kids won’t understand.
The friendship between Aladdin and his Genie is one for the ages, and it’s a safe bet that more than half of Robin Williams’ jokes or references go over the heads of nearly all viewers. When you combine that comedy with the male leads, you wind up with Genie letting Aladdin know just how much he means to him – but making it clear that he only likes him… as a friend (“not that I want to pick out curtains or anything”). We never would have even thought about it, until now.
Pixar’s tale of a world of Cars has more dirty jokes buried within it than will probably ever be found, but not all of them are hidden – or polite. When Lightning McQueen comes across one of his racing heroes, he lets Mater know just how many Piston Cups he won in his career. Mater can’t help but make a joke that isn’t exactly clever – “he did WHAT in a cup?” – but it’s definitely not suitable for kids
The Lion King
Fans have been looking for hidden references in The Lion King for years, from words written floating in the air, to secret messages. But one of the most adult moments is so obvious, only an innocent child could miss it. When Simba is reunited with his childhood friend, Nala, romance isn’t far behind. They start by wrestling like they did as cubs, until Nala gives the hero a look that makes her real intentions painfully obvious to every adult in the room. Honestly, it’s hard to believe the animators were never told to at least tone it down.
It’s true that when people go looking for sinister or adult images or messages in Disney movies, they’re willing to call almost anything cold, hard proof. But sometimes, it’s hard to dismiss the evidence completely. Take, for example, a promotional poster used for Disney’s Tangled, where Rapunzel is using her hair to entangle Flynn Rider. You might think that claiming her hair spells out “S-E-X” around his body is a bit of a stretch, but considering the hair could have made virtually any shape (and we don’t even need to highlight it to make it obvious), it’s definitely suspicious, at the very least.
Beauty & The Beast
Every Disney fan knows that “No One Drinks Like Gaston,” with the burly brawler’s drinking just one sign of his manliness. The other? That he’s never even heard of shaving his chest… or anything else. Boasting that “every last inch of me’s covered with hair” might sound like a harmless line meant for fun, not a sexual reference… but when you notice the obvious wink Gaston throws as he says the word “inch,” you’ll never hear the line the same way again.
This video game story may not be cute or cuddly, but it’s definitely not trying to offend any younger or older viewers with edgy humor. Or is it? When Ralph returns home to find he’s the only person not invited to a party in his own game, he has some choice words for Pac-Man, who’s apparently on the guest list. Referring to the game hero as a “cherry-chasing dot muncher” may describe Pac-Man’s gameplay, but the risky wording apparently made it past every studio head and executive – so the double entendre is absolutely intended.
Toy Story 3
An adult joke doesn’t need to be complicated to be funny, and it doesn’t have to be raunchy to warrant a second look. When Ken and Barbie first meet in the third Toy Story adventure, they can’t help but notice they’re made for eachother. While Ken gives Barbie a dose of charm, she goes for a more… direct approach, teeling Ken that he has a “nice ascot.” It’s not as wild as some of our other entries, but the wordplay is so blunt, it’s hard to think that even children would miss her real compliment completely.
Disney’s story of two sisters, Frozen actually called out other classic love stories, with Queen Elsa thinking it crazy that Anna would marry a man she just met, true love or not. The skepticism is shared by Kristoff, who tries to prove she hardly knows her soon to be husband with a pop quiz, including his foot size. It’s safe to assume that the women in the audience gave a laugh at Anna’s response – that “foot size doesn’t matter” – an obvious play on the idea that “size doesn’t matter” when it comes to a man’s… equipment.
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